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Poster: Beforeyourtime Date: Dec 5, 2011 2:06pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

Yeah I had a systems file error on one folder, got real scary. Ran disk check and repair, thankfully just cost me the one film. Things get dicey when you come close to filling em up. Really have to defragment often and even then... But the cost is so much less than DVD in terms of how many DVDs would be required, and the time to burn, index, etc.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Dec 5, 2011 3:09pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

If I *really* want to keep a download, I import it into a basic menu and burn it to view, then file it. After I lost a lot of downloads, it kinda forced me to realize that there aren't enough hours in the day or years left of life (!) to watch everything I'd downloaded. So I've become more selective. I ask myself if I really want to watch "such and such" movie or show again. Plus I can't afford to buy more external drives, especially after having two fail and one internal drive failure as well, both WD and Seagate drives.

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Poster: Beforeyourtime Date: Dec 5, 2011 3:36pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

You"re absolutely right. Its why I was half serious when I asked if I needed help. There is no way I will ever view all the films, I pigged out! The temptation is the cheap cost of a drive nowadays.

Yes I hear you, remember the IBM "Death" Stars? Had three internal in a home built puter, all three went belly up. Over the eons heard the death groans of WD and Seagate. Internal no better than external. Its the luck of the draw, not dependent on make (except IBM "Death" Desk Stars)You though have had unusal bad luck, for the time period, not unheard of but really unlucky. In tower need cooling and clean power, in external they need own power supply, Not through USB, asking for heartache! You can reduce risks, you can also be unlucky. I've had very few go belly up without fore warning, imed. transfer of files, save my butt more than once. My best.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Dec 5, 2011 4:05pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

Half-serious here, too. The addictive nature of accumulating "stuff" be it books, magazines, movie posters, CDs, DVDs, or even downloads...the older I get the more I think that if something were to suddenly happen to me, I wouldn't want to leave my family with a lot of "stuff" to have to deal with (as in, "What the heck did he keep all THIS crap for?!"). But yeah, sometimes I think, "Gee, just one more plastic storage container would hold how much more stuff...?"

Is there a recovery group for hoarders? Count me in! ;)

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Poster: Johnny Diamantas Date: Dec 5, 2011 4:17pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

Same story here. I just had my 2nd external HD fail in two years. I switched to LiveDrive - it's similar to Dropbox but MUCH cheaper.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Dec 5, 2011 5:35pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

As a rule, I watch movies on a television, not a computer. So I have DVD backups of almost all of my downloads.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Dec 5, 2011 6:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

Me too. I'd much rather burn downloads to DVD, then relax on the couch and watch them any time I wish.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffpicfixer Date: Dec 5, 2011 9:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

You guys are scaring the hell out of me. I've had power supplies go belly-up. I've had CPUs fry. But I've never had an internal or external drive fail. What am I doing right? I certainly can't chalk it up to clean living!

I completely agree about the collecting mania becoming collecting for collecting's sake. Some time ago I started dumping movies I knew I'd never watch again. It was painful at first, but with the aid cheap gin I pulled through. (There's nothing like substituting one vice for another!) I still download almost everything, but I only keep the films I really like. However, this hasn't saved me from buying a second 2TB drive, but this one is only for backup.
There's light at the end of the USB port!

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Poster: Beforeyourtime Date: Dec 6, 2011 4:22am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

Fond memories. I remember my first install of the first 8 GB H/Ds that came on the market. 8 GBs! the cats meow!
Built like brick S%$# House. Darn expensive. Great advance from the MB units I had. As time and technology advanced they served faithfully as backups and eventually gave em away. Now a days a 64 GB flash drive is much cheaper and stores oh so much more. Time marches on, but some times, in the case of movies and electronics not always for the better. If you hear a chirp, chirp, chirp or click, click, click, grab the most potent brew available, take both hands, take each middle finger and cross it over the index finger, transfer files ASAP. If you hear a grinding sound, the head hit the platter, do a bad sector search and repair, never trust the H/D again. If it goes unstable, do a disk check and repair,then defragment. I"ve always used PC Power and Cooling Power supplies, so far above anything else but unreal expensive. Cheap power supplies are responsible for more ills than all other things combined, well almost. The only CPUs I ever fried was back to the early times when I over clocked them. Got some great speed and performance out of what now have become real antiques, collector items, go figure!, that is before the puff of smoke came out of the box and the world went dark. There"s hope in the new solid state H/D but they have probs as well, seems only good for so many writes and re writes and they too go belly up.

So much for the hardware we"ve grown to distrust...but anyone remember acoustic modems?

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Poster: Dark Moon Date: Dec 15, 2011 3:17am
Forum: feature_films Subject: I remember...

"So much for the hardware we've grown to distrust...but anyone remember acoustic modems?"

I remember modems with acoustic couplers—rubber cups—into which you would set your telephone handset, because this was in the days before registered jacks (rj11, etc.), when telephones were wired to junction boxes. I remember the Teletype terminals they were mounted on, which printed 110 characters per minute on paper.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASR-33_Teletype
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coupleur-accoustique-IMG_0298.JPG

I remember the IBM batch computer at my high school, which was fed instructions on punched cards, and the keypunch machine used for encoding the cards. "Mounting" a disk drive meant picking up a "disk pack" (a stack of oxide-coated platters fixed together into a unit) and physically mounting it on the spindle of a drive about half again as large as a top-loading washing machine.

In college, I remember writing my papers for school on a DEC PDP-11 mainframe, accessed through "dumb" terminals. Though video text-mode terminals with full-screen addressability were becoming more popular, half the school's terminals printed on fan-folded paper, using dot matrix or daisy-wheels. Using a version of TECO (Text Editor and COrrector) that was NOT designed for use on full screen terminals (so the user had to visualize where in the file the action would take place), I created source files containing text and imbedded formatting comands. Run this through a formatting program, and the result was a printed document with nicely justified text, centered titles, and other features. Little did I realize that what I was using was a conceptual predecessor to word processors and SGML/HTML.

I have other old-timey memories, but I guess I've bored y'all enough with this off-topic post. :)

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Poster: cosmico Date: Dec 5, 2011 10:03pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

All I know is that nothing is 100% reliable when it comes to computers and electronics, or anything else in life for that matter. I also had two cameras develop irreparable defects in the past year, neither of which had gotten very much use before.

And clean living is vastly overrated...just ask Al Bundy. ;)

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Dec 5, 2011 10:28pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

I've been a bit of a "movie pig" as well. I got a 3TB external so right now I can focus on downloading and worry about burning later. I may not live long enought to watch all the goodies I've downloaded, but I'm sure stickin' it to the cable company. Netflix too.

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Poster: NDArch Date: Dec 6, 2011 4:18am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

I also have a backlog of movies that I may never finish watching before I become cat box fill. My view is, the kids may find a few that they never heard of, watch them, and actually like them.

For what it's worth, I keep them on a WDTV Live Hub for TV viewing, and also have them backed up to a second external HD. The second drive is formatted for Linux (ext3) to insure that the chance of losing it to a virus is low. Not completely zero, and it can still hold a virus file in a dormant state, but it is a bit of extra safety.

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Poster: olgroaner Date: Dec 6, 2011 9:26am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

You guys scare the hell out of me too. I've had my share of harddrive failure in the past however not in more recent years (and only with internal). I don't even want to think about what I lost at the time. I used to put everything on dvd-r but it got to be too much the last couple of years. Too many discs and too much work and too time-consuming to burn the dvd's. It's also so easy to find anything on the computer at once. It's only a click away. My computer is connected to a TV so I still watch everything on the TV otherwise I'm sure I would have kept making those dvd's.

For the moment I'm very happy as I just the other day got a new 2tb to fill up. It's my sixth external harddrive and I've also like some of you guys realized I will never have the time to see it all even if i would get very old - and I expect to have still another 20-30 years to go. Hopefully more than that. I'm a true collector. A real horder. Collecting movies and tv-shows. Music. OTR programs. Books and comics (fortunately I've got a wife that don't mind and even share some of the interest). I used to collect movieposters and lobbycards too but that's the only collection I feel I have relly closed (unless I find something really special). I don't have the space to put the posters I've got today on display (until the kids move out he he...). When it comes to movies or TV programs then I still buy and download as much as possibly. Mostly older stuff but new things too. I wish I could dump more than I do after I've actually watched it. But it has to be something really bad for me to do that (or the hard drive must be almost absolutely filled like all were last week before I bought the latest one. The sick thing is that I've found I often watch movies I suspect I don't like rather than the better movies i.e. movies I know I will keep anyway. And that's just because I'd like to dump some of the stuff. Or at least not keep the really bad stuff.

Over the years I've got a lot of great stuff from the people uploading at the archive. I just want to thank you all. It's really appreciated. I'm living in Sweden and it's only thanks to the internetboom that I in recent years have been able to finally watch all the stuff I've before only heard or read about. It's been a real thrill and I don't know where it will end. As long as my harddrives don't start to mess about again. Knock on wood. Anyway, thanks again everybody.